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First look: Results of post-VW diesel vehicle testing in France, UK

On April 7, the French government released initial results of the diesel emissions screening campaign it conducted in the wake of the revelations about VW's use of defeat devices. The UK and Germany...Further summary of initial results of diesel emissions screening tests being conducted in Europe in the wake of last year's revelations about VW's use of defeat devices.
Published 2016.04.28: Blog Post

Things are electric in Amsterdam

Everyone knows that Amsterdam is a uniquely liberated place. Fresh off a trip to the Netherlands’ capital, I can say it’s downright electric. The Netherlands is hosting the European Union Presidency...Famously liberal Amsterdam is freeing itself from one more thing: There are few places on the planet where you can observe the transition to an electric vehicle fleet more clearly than here.
Published 2016.04.25: Blog Post

First look: Results of the German transport ministry's post-VW vehicle testing

In September 2015, shortly after it became known that Volkswagen applied illegal defeat devices in some of its diesel vehicles, the German Ministry for Transport (BMVI) commissioned a series of...Germany, the UK, and France last week released results of testing they commenced after VW admitted to using defeat devices to circumvent emissions tests. The situation seems even worse than expected...
Published 2016.04.25: Blog Post

Technical background on India BS VI fuel specifications

The proposed Bharat Stage (BS) VI regulation for on-road vehicles in India includes contains both emission standards for new vehicles as well as specifications for reference and commercial gasoline...
Published 2016.04.22: Publication

India Bharat Stage VI emission standards

On February 19, 2016, the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a draft notification of Bharat Stage (BS) VI emission standards for all major on-road vehicle categories in...
Published 2016.04.22: Publication

Request for Proposals: Heavy-duty vehicle and engine testing, India

The ICCT is seeking proposals to test heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and engines in India. The testing data developed from this project will be used to support modeling in Autonomie, a dynamic vehicle...
Published 2016.04.20: News

Crops of the biofrontier: In search of opportunities for sustainable energy cropping

European biofuel policy has been dominated by discussions about the indirect effects of biofuel consumption, and in particular indirect land use change and impacts on food prices and security. One...
Published 2016.04.13: Publication

Review of LDV OBD requirements under the European, Korean and Californian emission programs

On-board diagnostic (OBD) systems monitor the performance of engine and aftertreatment components, especially those responsible for controlling harmful pollutant emissions. The OBD system does not...
Published 2016.03.31: Publication

Hongyang Cui

Published 2016.03.24: Profile

Building the electric vehicle market, one city at a time

The transition to an electric vehicle fleet is underway. 2015 was a big year: Global electric vehicle sales grew from about 300,000 in 2014 to well over 500,000 in 2015. Europe saw electric vehicle...The if, where, when, how, and why of electric vehicle market growth is still coming into focus.
Published 2016.03.24: Blog Post

Defeat devices under the U.S. and EU passenger vehicle emissions testing regulations

The paper aims to illuminate a paradox: Volkswagen and other automakers have asserted that software managing the emissions control systems on some of their vehicles, which they acknowledge either is...
Published 2016.03.22: Publication

A baseline analysis of the Turkish vehicle market

We know quite a bit about vehicle markets in some parts of the world: the United States, Europe, China, to note the most important examples. Some of the information comes from government, some from...Turkey, the world’s largest manufacturer of buses and also among the top manufacturers of passenger cars and trucks, is a growing and potentially large vehicle market. How it develops will matter a...
Published 2016.03.18: Blog Post

The automotive sector in Turkey: A baseline analysis

Turkey is one of the largest vehicle manufacturing countries in the world, and the auto industry plays a key role in the Turkish economy. For Turkey, it is of particular importance to ensure that the...
Published 2016.03.18: Publication

A vision through the smog

Mexico City just experienced its first air pollution alert in more than a decade, and President Enrique Peña Nieto has asked SEMARNAT to do something. There are plenty of things to be done. A Supreme...Mexico City just experienced its first air quality alert in more than a decade. The emergency measures being called for aren't enough to fix the problem. Here's what should be done.
Published 2016.03.18: Blog Post

Is it possible to fly "green" and have a little legroom?

In airline economy class, the tradeoff for lower fares includes less seat space—sometimes a lot less. Nobody likes it. But does that ever-shrinking legroom also mean so much higher fuel efficiency...More efficient aircraft combined with a one-class cabin having minimum seat standards could give a lot more people a lot more comfortable flights without giving up much, if anything, in fuel...
Published 2016.03.16: Blog Post

Leveling the playing field for novel fuel technologies

As part of the European Climate Foundation's Biofrontiers project, Défense Terre was asked to analyze the regulatory treatment of thirteen novel fuel technologies or “NFTs” in the European Union and...
Published 2016.03.11: Publication

Deficiencies in the Brazilian PROCONVE P-7 and the case for P-8 standards

DOWNLOAD PORTUGUESE VERSION (PDF) In January 2012, Brazil implemented the PROCONVE P-7 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) to replace the previous P-5 standards (Euro III-equivalent)....
Published 2016.03.11: Publication

Environmental risks of diesel passenger vehicles in Brazil

DOWNLOAD PORTUGUESE VERSION (PDF)   Although Brazil has restricted the sale of diesel passenger cars since the 1970s, an auto industry lobby has been pressuring the government to lift the...
Published 2016.03.11: Publication

Engine technology pathways for heavy-duty vehicles in India

The primary objective of this literature review is to provide a glimpse at technology changes for diesel and natural gas (NG) engines in the HDV space that are expected over the next 10 to 15 years...
Published 2016.03.10: Publication

Money in your pocket and a good night's sleep

Mike Roeth at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency told me a story last week about a U.S. husband-and-wife trucking team. The husband was reluctant to give up his 12-year-old truck,...Helping (again) to correct some misinformation about the costs of cleaner heavy-truck emission standards in Mexico and the United States.
Published 2016.03.04: Blog Post